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Understanding the Pros & Cons of Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The old ways of trying to get a flat tummy using nature cures, appetite suppressants, herbal products and magic diets with the promise of significant weight loss and self-induced food deprivation do not guarantee permanent weight loss. Weight loss medications are limited by their side effects, length of time they can be used, lack of desired effect in some, and potential complications. Weight loss programs are wonderful if people can continue to follow the guidance provided and stay with the suggested diet plans and exercise programs.

Surgical options for weight loss have been in existence for a few decades. This field of science has evolved significantly in the last decade, as obesity became a global epidemic. The availability of new technology and instrumentation that allowed for these procedures to be performed in a minimally invasive or laparoscopic approach, also contributed to this development. One of the best surgeries for a flat stomach is the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Sleeve gastrectomy is the method of removing a part of the stomach and only leaving a narrow part of it. In this procedure, about 85 per cent of the stomach is removed so that there is less consumption of food and hunger is appeased early. This procedure is irreversible and is relatively new with data of efficacy for past 3 years. This procedure, originally designed as an initial stage of another extensive surgery, has been shown to be effective for weight loss by itself.

The surgery is relatively pain free as the patient is administered general anesthesia. In the surgery, the surgeon will make two to five cuts in the stomach through which he will pass the laparoscope and surgical instruments. Once the excess stomach is removed, the remaining one is stapled together creating a banana shaped stomach. The specialist team at Nova Super Specialty Hospitals has been performing sleeve gastrectomy as an outpatient procedure for a while now and offers the best advice for anyone planning on getting it done.

Though an effective surgery, this surgery is not without risks. Some of the risks include:

  • Injury to the stomach and intestines
  • Heart burn, inflamed stomach lining
  • Leaking from the stapled stomach parts
  • Scarring
  • Vomiting
  • Blood clots
  • Blood loss
  • Infections

Sleeve gastrectomy does not guarantee drastic weight loss but it will continue to happen for at least three years. Consult with specialists before taking any decisions.

 

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